After a relaxing walk on the beach or a splash in the waves with your four-legged friend, there’s nothing better than curling up with a great read on staycation. Whether you love a book that makes you ‘howl’ with laughter or prefer something ‘mutt-erly’ heart warming! We’ve compiled the best books for dog owners that you’re sure to love.


Dog reading a book

The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein

We all think our dog is top-dog but Enzo, the Golden Retriever, who narrates this captivating classic, really is ‘paw-fect’. Enzo tells us the story of his family, including his ‘hoo-man’ Denny, an up-and-coming racing car driver. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs; he understands that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. He recounts his life with heart-wrenching insight through all the ups and downs he has experienced with Denny.

This book will make you laugh, cry and all that’s in between and we can guarantee you’ll love your furry friend more than ever once you finish this beautiful story. The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of the best books for dog owners and you can get your paws on it here.

A Dog’s Purpose – W. Bruce Cameron

Prepare your heartstrings and join Bailey on his search to find his true purpose. Told over the course of several lives, Bailey’s story sees him as a stray, a much-loved pet, a wild dog and a service animal.

This wonderful story makes our best books for dog owners guide because it’s perfect for those with a big heart and a real sense of adventure. As you get swept along on Bailey’s journey, you’ll be reminded that true love never dies, and our dogs are always with us.

Two dogs reading a book. Dog with glasses on

How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World’s First Talking Dog – Christina Hunger

A dog that can talk may sound far-fetched, but this is exactly what speech language pathologist, Christina Hunger, taught her extraordinary dog, Stella. This part memoir, part how-to-guide will make you ‘paws for thought’ when considering future training for your dog!

Christina devised a paw-sized button programmed with her voice to say the word ‘outside’ whenever they left the house. Fast forward a few years and clever Stella has a bank of over thirty words and can even link them to form sentences. What an amazing dog!

How Stella Learned To Talk is one of the best books for dog owners who have always wished their dog could talk back to them.

Poppy The Street Dog: How an Extraordinary Dog Helped Bring Hope to the Homeless – Michelle Clark

This is the perfect addition to your reading list if you enjoy true stories that are full of hope. Author, Michelle, had a chance meeting that led her on a quest to find missing Staffie, Poppy. Michelle gave Poppy a home and Poppy changed Michelle’s life ‘fur-ever’. Poppy inspired Michelle to found DOTS London, a charity that supports homeless dogs and their owners. Here at Butcher’s, we’re proud to support DOTS through our #NourishEveryDog campaign, where we have donated over 1.6 million meals to dog charities across Great Britain.

This compassionate tale is the ‘paw-fect’ reminder that the love of our four-legged friends can be truly life-changing for both ‘hoo-man’ and dog. Get your copy here.

My Life as A Dog – L.A. Davenport

Much like Kevin, the Dachshund at the centre of this story, this is a short book with bags of character and one of the best books for dog owners looking for a quick, heartwarming read.

Kevin’s adventures will lift your spirits, and at times make you ‘howl’ with laughter as you navigate the relationship between Kevin and his owner. You’ll be sure to recognise many of Kevin’s quirks in your own dog! So curl up with My Life As A Dog, your much-loved four-legged friend and enjoy!

Here’s just some of the best books for dog owners that you could read this summer. If you have any other recommendations, we’d love to hear about them. Let us know on our social media channels with a picture of you and your furry friend enjoying some reading time cuddles.



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